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Oracle goes 2-1 to take lead in America's Cup qualifiers

02 June 2017, 02:25 | Nina Perez

Oracle Team USA do not race today, so the challengers have a chance to make up some ground.

Land Rover BAR had a bad mark rounding halfway through the race and Groupama Team France went flying past and won by 53 seconds.

Team USA have five points followed by Emirates Team New Zealand and Land Rover BAR with three each.

Barker was at the helm, when New Zealand capitulated to Oracle at the 2013 America's Cup off San Francisco and now finds himself in allegiance with the Americans in this latest regatta.

The 35th edition of the America's Cup qualifying round is in full swing, as teams raced one another over the weekend.

They're the only team to race everyone else so far, losing just once to Artemis and skipper Jimmy Spithill said they have a lot of improvement needed.

Artemis and New Zealand don't have to wait for a rematch.

"Today showed just how hard racing can be out there", said Artemis Racing helmsman Nathan Outteridge.

"It is a very good feeling for the whole team, we have been waiting two years for that feeling", said Franck Cammas after his team's victory in their only race of the day. Artemis have two points and Team Japan and France one apiece. Seizing the advantage out of the start box, they stayed ahead of their rivals until gate 3 when a big nosedive after the turn proved the decisive moment of the race, allowing ORACLE TEAM USA to seizing the advantage.

"It is just a shame we couldn't repay them in the races today".

Racing was shifty and the winds were up and down across the course in Bermudas Great Sound.

There was no sign of the damage suffered by BAR yesterday and fears that they had re-damaged the hull against Team USA early on day two provide unfounded.

Barker said his boat still needs some work after Saturday's crash.

Sweden dangled the carrot in front of Peter Burling, but the Team NZ skipper wasn't falling for it.

"It didn't happen last night so I'm guessing he'll probably to it tonight".

Following the collision with Team Japan, Team BAR's boat came close to sinking after the hull lifted right out of the water and slammed into Japan's starboard hull during the pre-start.

In a statement, Richard Slater, the chief umpire for the independent America's Cup Race Management, said officials "have had a discussion, we have looked at other evidence, information and data, and I think if we were to go back in time and make that call, we would green that call and not penalize Artemis".

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